Adventure playgrounds for humans and dogs

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Adventure playgrounds for humans and dogs

Intelligence toy to replicate

Do you want to make your dog happy? Then we have just what you are looking for. A great game to build yourself, with which you can also promote the intelligence of your four-legged friend.

Click here for the building instructions

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The “cracker machine”

The “cracker machine” consists of a horizontal plexiglass tube, three pistons and a connecting rod that is at least as long as the tube. The dog has to manage not to pull it out, but to push it away from him if he wants to get the reward. This is not so easy. The stands of the machine are plugged in, the upper part can be removed using a wing screw and is therefore easy to transport.

Download here: The cracker machine

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The “sausage machine”

The “sausage machine” consists of a vertical Plexiglas tube through which four horizontal rods are inserted. A treat hidden in a surprise egg is placed on the top crossbar. Now the dog has to pull out the four sticks so that the treat falls down through the pipe piece by piece. He has to find out the direction of drawing, partly on both sides, partly on one side, partly with tape, partly wrapped or with blocks at the end, by trying it out himself. If he has done it, the master opens the plastic cover and rewards him for successfully solving the tricky task.

Download here: The sausage machine

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The agility course to build yourself

If you want to try agility, you can do it in your own garden. For the first exercises, sawed-off bamboo sticks are sufficient, which are sunk into the lawn at a distance of 50 to 65 cm. A stable obstacle must be built to work in tournament conditions. The FCI regulations stipulate the number of poles in slalom at 8, 10 or 12. With an average distance of 60 cm between the poles, this results in a total length of at least 720 cm for the slalom. In the simple wooden version of the slalom, the obstacle poles can, for example, be screwed firmly to the carrier pole from the underside (pre-drill with a drill one size smaller than the screw). There are no limits to the craftsman’s imagination, as long as he values ​​stability in order to avoid injuries to the dog.

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The long jump

As easy as the long jump in agility might look to the layman, it requires a precise assessment of the route, a sense of distance, a forward drive and a lot of body control from the dog. Ultimately, he has to set over this obstacle with a single jump, even though it would be so much easier to run or hop over the planks.

Download here: Building instructions long jump

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Tunnel & hose

Admittedly, those who want to build the tunnel themselves will soon reach their limits. Even for experienced do-it-yourselfers, this obstacle is more than difficult, because on the one hand the tunnel must be stable and withstand the weight of dogs that run through it, on the other hand the structure must be flexible enough that it can be laid out in one or more arches. Based on relevant experience, Peter Lewis therefore urgently advises against “Do it yourself” when it comes to agility tunnels.

Download here: Instructions for tunnel & hose

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The table

The speed at which some dogs land on the table and the angle at which they hit mean that this obstacle is constantly being subjected to heavy loads. The table must therefore be built in such a way that it does not become unstable sooner or later. Once that is the case, dogs can very quickly lose confidence in this obstacle.

Download here: assembly instructions table

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The bridge

The catwalk is bulky in size, but not a problem for the somewhat experienced do-it-yourselfer. According to the FCI regulations, its height must be a minimum of 120 cm and a maximum of 135 cm. The width of the planks at championships may only be 30 cm. The length of each element is given as a minimum of 360 cm / a maximum of 420 cm.

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Download here: Building instructions for the bridge

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The slalom

For the first practice in your own garden, sawed-off bamboo sticks are sufficient, which are sunk into the lawn at a distance of 50 to 65 cm. For the first attempts, the stipulated minimum height of the bars of 100 cm can be fallen below, so that the dog can be led through the obstacle more easily with the leash.

Download here: Slalom building instructions

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The sloping wall

The sloping wall is the biggest obstacle in the agility course and its construction begins with weighing up the three most important properties: stability, durability and portability. The proposal here, drawn by Peter Lewis, meets all three requirements.

Download here: Building instructions for sloping wall

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The mature

Two important points determine the construction of this agility obstacle: It must be built massive enough so that even the heaviest dog does not collapse if it jumps into the obstacle instead of correctly through the tire. And the frame needs to be high enough to keep any would-be high jumper from making a hurdle out of it.

Download here: Tire building instructions

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The wall

You don’t need this obstacle for agility training, because it is just as much a high jump as any simple hurdle, but it looks undeniably impressive and is therefore hardly missing on a competition course.

Download here: building instructions wall

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The hurdle

Different variants of hurdles are the basis of every agility course and therefore also the most important of the obstacles. A single hurdle is sufficient for learning and training with a dog, but if you want to set up a training course for several dogs or even a competition course, you should have at least 6, even better 10 hurdles available.

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Download here: Instructions for the hurdle

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